Bridges connect land, life, and people. Bridges were built to narrow the gap, enhance transportation, and enable commerce. They are both structures and symbols.
Nowhere becomes somewhere when a bridge is built.
• One in three of the nations’ bridges, 43,578 bridges, need repair or replacement. The estimated cost to replace all the structurally deficient bridges based on average price data from the U.S. DOT is over $58 billion.
• At the current rate it will take 30 years to fix all the nations structurally deficient bridges.
• The current infrastructure bill allocation is $40 billion.
• $125 billion is needed to reduce the backlog of deficient bridges
• Additional deterioration will become overwhelming.
• Americans cross these deficient bridges 167 million times daily.
I want to incite change in the funding allocations for our nation’s failing bridges by providing visual representation that brings the issue to the forefront. I want to produce evocative images of our bridges and emphasize the important role they play in our lives. I want to photograph the decay and damage of the deficient bridges to motivate the allocation and appropriation of funds for repair.